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Apr 12, 2021 Cory Doctorow
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This week on my podcast, part two of a serialized reading of my 2020 Onezero/Medium book How To Destroy Surveillance Capitalism , now available in paperback (you can also order signed and personalized copies from Dark Delicacies, my local bookstore).
Topics: how to destroy surveillance capitalism, monopolism, antitrust, trustbusting, manipulation, mind...
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Apr 5, 2021 Cory Doctorow
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This week on my podcast, part one of a serialized reading of my 2020 Onezero/Medium book How To Destroy Surveillance Capitalism , now available in paperback (you can also order signed and personalized copies from Dark Delicacies, my local bookstore).
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Mar 29, 2021 Cory Doctorow
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This week on my podcast, I read my November 2020 Locus column, Past Performance is Not Indicative of Future Results , a critical piece on machine learning and artificial intelligence that takes aim at the fallacy that improvements to statistical inference will someday produce a conscious, cognitive software construct. It's a followup to my July 2020 column, Full Employment , which critiques the fear/aspiration of automation-driven unemployment. The problems of theory-free statistical inference...
Topics: automation, labor, machine learning, stats, conservatism, ai, computer science
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Mar 22, 2021 Cory Doctorow
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This week on my podcast, I read my lastest Locus column, Free Markets , a postmortem of sorts on the delivery issues with my record-breaking audiobook Kickstarter for Attack Surface , the third Little Brother book.
Topics: free markets, rent-seeking, gatekeeper platforms, apple tax, google tax, app stores, mobile,...
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Feb 28, 2021 Bennett Cyphers and Cory Doctorow
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This week on my podcast, the third and final part of " Privacy Without Monopoly: Data Protection and Interoperability ," a major new EFF paper by my colleague Bennett Cyphers and me. It's a paper that tries to resolve the tension between demanding that tech platforms gather, retain and mine less of our data, and the demand that platforms allow alternatives (nonprofits, co-ops, tinkerers, startups) to connect with their services.
Topics: interoperability, eff, competitive compatibility, comcom, bennett cyphers
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Feb 22, 2021 Cory Doctorow and Bennett Cyphers
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This week on my podcast, Part Two of " Privacy Without Monopoly: Data Protection and Interoperability ," a major new EFF paper by my colleague Bennett Cyphers and me. It's a paper that tries to resolve the tension between demanding that tech platforms gather, retain and mine less of our data, and the demand that platforms allow alternatives (nonprofits, co-ops, tinkerers, startups) to connect with their services.
Topics: interoperability, eff, competitive compatibility, comcom, bennett cyphers
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Feb 15, 2021 Bennett Cyphers and Cory Doctorow
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This week on my podcast, Part One of " Privacy Without Monopoly: Data Protection and Interoperability ," a major new EFF paper by my colleague Bennett Cyphers and me. It's a paper that tries to resolve the tension between demanding that tech platforms gather, retain and mine less of our data, and the demand that platforms allow alternatives (nonprofits, co-ops, tinkerers, startups) to connect with their services.
Topics: interoperability, eff, competitive compatibility, comcom, bennett cyphers
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Feb 8, 2021 Cory Doctorow
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Here's part thirty-one, the conclusion of my new reading of my novel Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town (you can follow all the installments, as well as the reading I did in 2008/9, here ). This is easily the weirdest novel I ever wrote. Gene Wolfe (RIP) gave me an amazing quote for it: "Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town is a glorious book, but there are hundreds of those. It is more. It is a glorious book unlike any book you've ever read." Here's how my publisher...
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Feb 1, 2021 Cory Doctorow
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Here's part thirty of my new reading of my novel Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town (you can follow all the installments, as well as the reading I did in 2008/9, here ). This is easily the weirdest novel I ever wrote. Gene Wolfe (RIP) gave me an amazing quote for it: "Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town is a glorious book, but there are hundreds of those. It is more. It is a glorious book unlike any book you've ever read." Here's how my publisher described it when it...
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Jan 25, 2021 Cory Doctorow
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Here's part twenty-nine of my new reading of my novel Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town (you can follow all the installments, as well as the reading I did in 2008/9, here ). This is easily the weirdest novel I ever wrote. Gene Wolfe (RIP) gave me an amazing quote for it: "Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town is a glorious book, but there are hundreds of those. It is more. It is a glorious book unlike any book you've ever read." Here's how my publisher described it when...
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Jan 18, 2021 Cory Doctorow
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Here's part twenty-eight of my new reading of my novel Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town (you can follow all the installments, as well as the reading I did in 2008/9, here ). This is easily the weirdest novel I ever wrote. Gene Wolfe (RIP) gave me an amazing quote for it: "Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town is a glorious book, but there are hundreds of those. It is more. It is a glorious book unlike any book you've ever read." Here's how my publisher described it when...
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Jan 11, 2021 Cory Doctorow
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Here's part twenty-seven of my new reading of my novel Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town (you can follow all the installments, as well as the reading I did in 2008/9, here ). This is easily the weirdest novel I ever wrote. Gene Wolfe (RIP) gave me an amazing quote for it: "Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town is a glorious book, but there are hundreds of those. It is more. It is a glorious book unlike any book you've ever read." Here's how my publisher described it when...
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Dec 14, 2020 Cory Doctorow
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Here's part twenty-six of my new reading of my novel Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town (you can follow all the installments, as well as the reading I did in 2008/9, here ). This is easily the weirdest novel I ever wrote. Gene Wolfe (RIP) gave me an amazing quote for it: "Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town is a glorious book, but there are hundreds of those. It is more. It is a glorious book unlike any book you've ever read." Here's how my publisher described it when...
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Dec 11, 2020 Cory Doctorow
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When my daughter Poesy was four, her nursery school let us know that they were shutting down a day before my wife's office closed for the holidays, leaving us with a childcare problem. Since I worked for myself, I took the day off and brought her to my office, where we recorded a short podcast , singing Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (a frankly amazing rendition!). We've done it every year since, except for 2016 when I had mic problems. Now she's 12, and we've just recorded our eighth...
Topics: podcasts, cory doctorow, parenting, christmas
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Dec 7, 2020 Cory Doctorow
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Here's part twenty-five of my new reading of my novel Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town (you can follow all the installments, as well as the reading I did in 2008/9, here ). This is easily the weirdest novel I ever wrote. Gene Wolfe (RIP) gave me an amazing quote for it: "Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town is a glorious book, but there are hundreds of those. It is more. It is a glorious book unlike any book you've ever read." Here's how my publisher described it when...
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Nov 24, 2020 Cory Doctorow
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The Attack Surface Lectures were a series of eight panel discussions on the themes in my novel Attack Surface , each hosted by a different bookstore and each accompanied by a different pair of guest speakers. This program is “ Tech in SF ” hosted by Interabang Books in Dallas, TX, with guest-hosts Annalee Newitz and Ken Liu. It was recorded on October 20, 2020. Here is the original Youtube link for this program. Please consider subscribing to Interabang’s Youtube channel for access to all...
Topics: attack surface, little brother, science fiction, Cory Doctorow, annalee newitz, ken liu
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Nov 23, 2020 Cory Doctorow
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The Attack Surface Lectures were a series of eight panel discussions on the themes in Cory Doctorow's novel Attack Surface , each hosted by a different bookstore and each accompanied by a different pair of guest speakers. This program is " Sci-Fi Genre " hosted by Fountain Books in Richmond, VA, with guest-hosts Sarah Gailey and Chuck Wendig. It was recorded on October 16, 2020. Here is the original Youtube link for this program. Please consider subscribing to Fountain Books's Youtube...
Topics: attack surface, little brother, science fiction, Cory Doctorow, chuck wendig, sarah gailey
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Nov 23, 2020 Cory Doctorow
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Here's part twenty-four of my new reading of my novel Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town (you can follow all the installments, as well as the reading I did in 2008/9, here ). This is easily the weirdest novel I ever wrote. Gene Wolfe (RIP) gave me an amazing quote for it: "Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town is a glorious book, but there are hundreds of those. It is more. It is a glorious book unlike any book you've ever read." Here's how my publisher described it when...
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The Attack Surface Lectures were a series of eight panel discussions on the themes in Cory Doctorow's novel Attack Surface , each hosted by a different bookstore and each accompanied by a different pair of guest speakers. This program is " ​​Intersectionality: Race, Surveillance, and Tech and Its History ," hosted by The Booksmith in San Francisco, with guest-hosts Malkia Devich-Cyril and Meredith Whittaker​​. It was recorded on October 15, 2020. Here is the original Youtube...
Topics: attack surface, little brother, science fiction, Cory Doctorow, race, surveillance
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Nov 16, 2020 Cory Doctorow
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Here's part twenty-three of my new reading of my novel Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town (you can follow all the installments, as well as the reading I did in 2008/9, here ). This is easily the weirdest novel I ever wrote. Gene Wolfe (RIP) gave me an amazing quote for it: "Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town is a glorious book, but there are hundreds of those. It is more. It is a glorious book unlike any book you've ever read." Here's how my publisher described it when...
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Nov 16, 2020 Cory Doctorow
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The Attack Surface Lectures were a series of eight panel discussions on the themes in Cory Doctorow's novel Attack Surface , each hosted by a different bookstore and each accompanied by a different pair of guest speakers. This program is " Politics and Protest ," hosted by The Strand in NYC, with guest-hosts Eva Galperin and Ron Deibert. It was recorded on October 13, 2020. Here is the original Youtube link for this program. Please consider subscribing to The Strand's Youtube channel...
Topics: attack surface, little brother, science fiction, Cory Doctorow, opsec, protests, nso group, eff,...
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Nov 14, 2020 Cory Doctorow
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The Attack Surface Lectures were a series of eight panel discussions on the themes in Cory Doctorow's novel Attack Surface , each hosted by a different bookstore and each accompanied by a different pair of guest speakers. This program is " Cross-Media Sci Fi " hosted by the Brookline Booksmith in Brookline, MA, with guest-hosts John Rogers and Amber Benson. It was recorded on October 14, 2020. Here is the original Youtube link for this program. Please consider subscribing to The...
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Nov 14, 2020
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The Attack Surface Lectures were a series of eight panel discussions on the themes in Cory Doctorow's novel Attack Surface , each hosted by a different bookstore and each accompanied by a different pair of guest speakers. This program is " OpSec & Personal Cyber-Security: How Can You Be Safe? " hosted by Third Place Books in Seattle, WA, with guest-hosts Runa Sandvik and Window Snyder​. It was recorded on October 22, 2020. Here is the original Youtube link for this program....
Topics: attack surface, little brother, science fiction, Cory Doctorow, opsec, infosec
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Nov 14, 2020 Cory Doctorow
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The Attack Surface Lectures were a series of eight panel discussions on the themes in Cory Doctorow's novel Attack Surface , each hosted by a different bookstore and each accompanied by a different pair of guest speakers. This program is " Cyberpunk and Post-Cyberpunk ," hosted by Andersons Books in Napierville, IL with guest-hosts Bruce Sterling and Christopher Brown. It was recorded on October 19, 2020. Here is the original Youtube link for this program. Please consider subscribing...
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Nov 14, 2020 Cory Doctorow
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The Attack Surface Lectures were a series of eight panel discussions on the themes in Cory Doctorow's novel Attack Surface , each hosted by a different bookstore and each accompanied by a different pair of guest speakers. This program is " Little Revolutions ," hosted by Skylight Books in Los Angeles, with guest-hosts Tochi Onyebuchi and Bethany C. Morrow. It was recorded on October 21, 2020. Here is a link to this presentation in Skylight's archive of author events . Please consider...
Topics: attack surface, little brother, science fiction, Cory Doctorow, ya
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Nov 9, 2020 Cory Doctorow
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Here's part twenty-two of my new reading of my novel Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town (you can follow all the installments, as well as the reading I did in 2008/9, here ). This is easily the weirdest novel I ever wrote. Gene Wolfe (RIP) gave me an amazing quote for it: "Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town is a glorious book, but there are hundreds of those. It is more. It is a glorious book unlike any book you've ever read." Please, vote if you can. Here's how my...
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Nov 2, 2020 Cory Doctorow
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Here's part twenty-one of my new reading of my novel Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town (you can follow all the installments, as well as the reading I did in 2008/9, here ). This is easily the weirdest novel I ever wrote. Gene Wolfe (RIP) gave me an amazing quote for it: "Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town is a glorious book, but there are hundreds of those. It is more. It is a glorious book unlike any book you've ever read." Please, vote if you can. Here's how my...
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Oct 26, 2020 Cory Doctorow
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Here's part twenty of my new reading of my novel Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town (you can follow all the installments, as well as the reading I did in 2008/9, here ). This is easily the weirdest novel I ever wrote. Gene Wolfe (RIP) gave me an amazing quote for it: "Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town is a glorious book, but there are hundreds of those. It is more. It is a glorious book unlike any book you've ever read." Here's how my publisher described it when it...
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Oct 19, 2020 Cory Doctorow
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Here's part nineteen of my new reading of my novel Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town (you can follow all the installments, as well as the reading I did in 2008/9, here ). This is easily the weirdest novel I ever wrote. Gene Wolfe (RIP) gave me an amazing quote for it: "Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town is a glorious book, but there are hundreds of those. It is more. It is a glorious book unlike any book you've ever read." Some show notes: Here's the form for getting...
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Oct 12, 2020 Cory Doctorow
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Here's part eighteen of my new reading of my novel Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town (you can follow all the installments, as well as the reading I did in 2008/9, here ). Content warning for domestic abuse and sexual violence. This is easily the weirdest novel I ever wrote. Gene Wolfe (RIP) gave me an amazing quote for it: "Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town is a glorious book, but there are hundreds of those. It is more. It is a glorious book unlike any book you've ever...
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Oct 5, 2020 Cory Doctorow
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Here's part seventeen of my new reading of my novel Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town (you can follow all the installments, as well as the reading I did in 2008/9, here ). This is easily the weirdest novel I ever wrote. Gene Wolfe (RIP) gave me an amazing quote for it: "Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town is a glorious book, but there are hundreds of those. It is more. It is a glorious book unlike any book you've ever read." Some show notes: Here's the form for getting...
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Sep 28, 2020 Cory Doctorow
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Here's part sixteen of my new reading of my novel Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town (you can follow all the installments, as well as the reading I did in 2008/9, here ). This is easily the weirdest novel I ever wrote. Gene Wolfe (RIP) gave me an amazing quote for it: "Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town is a glorious book, but there are hundreds of those. It is more. It is a glorious book unlike any book you've ever read." Here's how my publisher described it when it...
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Sep 21, 2020 Cory Doctorow
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Here's part fifteen of my new reading of my novel Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town (you can follow all the installments, as well as the reading I did in 2008/9, here ). This is easily the weirdest novel I ever wrote. Gene Wolfe (RIP) gave me an amazing quote for it: "Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town is a glorious book, but there are hundreds of those. It is more. It is a glorious book unlike any book you've ever read." Here's how my publisher described it when it...
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Sep 14, 2020 Cory Doctorow
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This week on my podcast, I read the first half of my latest Locus Magazine column, " IP ," the longest, most substantial column I've written in my 14 years on Locus 's masthead. IP explores the history of how we have allowed companies to control more and more of our daily lives, and has come to mean, "any law that I can invoke that allows me to control the conduct of my competitors, critics, and customers." It represents a major realization on my part after decades of...
Topics: oligarchy, interoperability, ip, copyfight, business
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Sep 7, 2020 Cory Doctorow
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This week's podcast is a generous excerpt - 2+ hours! - of the audiobook for Attack Surface , the third Little Brother book, which is available for pre-order today on my very first Kickstarter. This Kickstarter is one of the most important moments in my professional career, an experiment to see if I can viably publish audiobooks without caving into Amazon's monopolistic requirement that all Audible books be sold with DRM that locks it to Amazon's corporate platform...forever. If you've ever...
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Sep 4, 2020 Cory Doctorow
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This is chapter one of the audio edition Attack Surface, the third Little Brother book (Oct 2020). The narrator is Amber Benson. Mastering by John Taylor Williams. Directed by Gabrielle de Cuir for Skyboat media.
Topics: cory doctorow, little brother, audiobooks, amber benson, attack surface
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Aug 31, 2020 Cory Doctorow
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For this week's podcast, I read an excerpt from " How to Destroy Surveillance Capitalism," a free short book (or long pamphlet, or "nonfiction novella") I published with Medium's Onezero last week. HTDSC is a long critical response to Shoshanna Zuboff's book and paper on the subject, which re-centers the critique on monopolism and the abusive behavior it abets, while expressing skepticism that surveillance capitalists are really as good at manipulating our behavior as they...
Topics: surveillance capitalism, competition, monopolism, zuboff, big tech, trustbusting
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Aug 24, 2020 Cory Doctorow
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Here's part fourteen of my new reading of my novel Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town (you can follow all the installments, as well as the reading I did in 2008/9, here ). This is easily the weirdest novel I ever wrote. Gene Wolfe (RIP) gave me an amazing quote for it: "Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town is a glorious book, but there are hundreds of those. It is more. It is a glorious book unlike any book you've ever read." Here's how my publisher described it when it...
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Aug 17, 2020 Cory Doctorow
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Here's part thirteen of my new reading of my novel Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town (you can follow all the installments, as well as the reading I did in 2008/9, here ). This is easily the weirdest novel I ever wrote. Gene Wolfe (RIP) gave me an amazing quote for it: "Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town is a glorious book, but there are hundreds of those. It is more. It is a glorious book unlike any book you've ever read." Here's how my publisher described it when it...
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Aug 11, 2020 Cory Doctorow
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Terra Nullius is my March 2019 column in Locus magazine; it explores the commonalities between the people who claim ownership over the things they use to make new creative works and the settler colonialists who arrived in various "new worlds" and declared them to be empty, erasing the people who were already there as a prelude to genocide. I was inspired by the story of Aloha Poke , in which a white dude from Chicago secured a trademark for his "Aloha Poke" midwestern...
Topics: Terra Nullius, ip, locus magazine, copyright, grifters
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Aug 3, 2020 Cory Doctorow
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Here's part twelve of my new reading of my novel Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town (you can follow all the installments, as well as the reading I did in 2008/9, here ). This is easily the weirdest novel I ever wrote. Gene Wolfe (RIP) gave me an amazing quote for it: "Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town is a glorious book, but there are hundreds of those. It is more. It is a glorious book unlike any book you've ever read." Here's how my publisher described it when it...
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Jul 27, 2020 Cory Doctorow
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Here's part eleven of my new reading of my novel Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town (you can follow all the installments, as well as the reading I did in 2008/9, here ). This is easily the weirdest novel I ever wrote. Gene Wolfe (RIP) gave me an amazing quote for it: "Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town is a glorious book, but there are hundreds of those. It is more. It is a glorious book unlike any book you've ever read." Here's how my publisher described it when it...
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Jul 21, 2020 Cory Doctorow
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Here's part ten of my new reading of my novel Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town (you can follow all the installments, as well as the reading I did in 2008/9, here ). This is easily the weirdest novel I ever wrote. Gene Wolfe (RIP) gave me an amazing quote for it: "Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town is a glorious book, but there are hundreds of those. It is more. It is a glorious book unlike any book you've ever read." Here's how my publisher described it when it came...
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Jul 13, 2020 Cory Doctorow
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This week's podcast is a reading of Full Employment , my latest Locus column. It's a counter to the argument about automation-driven unemployment - namely, that we will have hundreds of years of full employment facing the climate emergency and remediating the damage it wreaks. From relocating all our coastal cities to replacing aviation routes with high-speed rails to the caring and public health work for hundreds of millions of survivors of plagues, floods and fires, we are in no danger of...
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Jul 5, 2020 Cory Doctorow
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Here's part nine of my new reading of my novel Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town (you can follow all the installments, as well as the reading I did in 2008/9, here ). This is easily the weirdest novel I ever wrote. Gene Wolfe (RIP) gave me an amazing quote for it: "Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town is a glorious book, but there are hundreds of those. It is more. It is a glorious book unlike any book you've ever read." Here's how my publisher described it when it came...
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Jun 29, 2020 Cory Doctorow
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Here's part eight of my new reading of my novel Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town (you can follow all the installments, as well as the reading I did in 2008/9, here ). This is easily the weirdest novel I ever wrote. Gene Wolfe (RIP) gave me an amazing quote for it: "Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town is a glorious book, but there are hundreds of those. It is more. It is a glorious book unlike any book you've ever read." Here's how my publisher described it when it...
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Jun 22, 2020 Cory Doctorow
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Here's part seven of my new reading of my novel Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town (you can follow all the installments, as well as the reading I did in 2008/9, here ). This is easily the weirdest novel I ever wrote. Gene Wolfe (RIP) gave me an amazing quote for it: "Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town is a glorious book, but there are hundreds of those. It is more. It is a glorious book unlike any book you've ever read." Here's how my publisher described it when it...
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Jun 15, 2020 Cory Doctorow
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Here's part six of my new reading of my novel Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town (you can follow all the installments, as well as the reading I did in 2008/9, here ). This is easily the weirdest novel I ever wrote. Gene Wolfe (RIP) gave me an amazing quote for it: "Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town is a glorious book, but there are hundreds of those. It is more. It is a glorious book unlike any book you've ever read." Here's how my publisher described it when it came...
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Jun 8, 2020 Cory Doctorow
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There's more of Kurt in this week's episode; as I mentioned in last week's intro, Kurt is loosely based on my old friend Darren Atkinson, who pulled down a six-figure income by recovering, repairing and reselling high-tech waste from Toronto's industrial suburbs. Darren was the subject of the first feature I ever sold to Wired, Dumpster Diving . But Kurt was also based loosely on Igor Kenk, a friend of mine who turned out to be one of Toronto's most prolific bike thieves (I knew him as a bike...
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Here's part four of my new reading of my novel Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town (you can follow all the installments, as well as the reading I did in 2008/9, here ). There's more of Kurt in this week's episode; as I mentioned in last week's intro, Kurt is loosely based on my old friend Darren Atkinson, who pulled down a six-figure income by recovering, repairing and reselling high-tech waste from Toronto's industrial suburbs. Darren was the subject of the first feature I ever sold to...
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Jun 1, 2020 Cory Doctorow
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This week, I'm podcasting How Big Tech Monopolies Distort Our Public Discourse , a new article I wrote for the Electronic Frontier Foundation's Deeplinks blog. It's the most comprehensive of the articles I've written about the problems of surveillance capitalism, a subject I've also addressed in a forthcoming, book-length essay. In a nutshell, my dispute with the "surveillance capitalism" hypothesis is that I think it overstates how effective Big Tech is at changing our minds with...
Topics: monopoly, surveillance, mind control, discourse
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May 25, 2020 Cory Doctorow
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Here's part four of my new reading of my novel Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town (you can follow all the installments, as well as the reading I did in 2008/9, here ). In this installment, we meet Kurt, the crustypunk high-tech dumpster-diver. Kurt is loosely based on my old friend Darren Atkinson, who pulled down a six-figure income by recovering, repairing and reselling high-tech waste from Toronto's industrial suburbs. Darren was the subject of the first feature I ever sold to Wired,...
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May 18, 2020 Cory Doctorow
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Here's part three of my new reading of my novel Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town (you can follow all the installments, as well as the reading I did in 2008/9, here ). This is easily the weirdest novel I ever wrote. Gene Wolfe (RIP) gave me an amazing quote for it: "Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town is a glorious book, but there are hundreds of those. It is more. It is a glorious book unlike any book you've ever read." Here's how my publisher described it when it...
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May 11, 2020 Cory Doctorow
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For this week's podcast, I take a break from my reading of my 2009 novel , Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town, to read aloud my latest Locus column, Rules for Writers . The column sums up a long-overdue revelation I had teaching on the Writing Excuses cruise last fall: that the "rules" we advise writers to follow are actually just "places where it's easy to go wrong." There's an important distinction between this and the tired injunction, "You have to know the...
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May 11, 2020 Cory Doctorow
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For this week's podcast, I take a break from my reading of my 2009 novel , Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town, to read aloud my latest Locus column, Rules for Writers . The column sums up a long-overdue revelation I had teaching on the Writing Excuses cruise last fall: that the "rules" we advise writers to follow are actually just "places where it's easy to go wrong." There's an important distinction between this and the tired injunction, "You have to know the...
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May 4, 2020 Cory Doctorow
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Here's part two of my new reading of my novel Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town (you can follow all the installments, as well as the reading I did in 2008/9, here ). In this installment, we meet Kurt, the crustypunk high-tech dumpster-diver. Kurt is loosely based on my old friend Darren Atkinson, who pulled down a six-figure income by recovering, repairing and reselling high-tech waste from Toronto's industrial suburbs. Darren was the subject of the first feature I ever sold to Wired,...
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May 4, 2020 Cory Doctorow
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Here's part two of my new reading of my novel Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town (you can follow all the installments, as well as the reading I did in 2008/9, here ). In this installment, we meet Kurt, the crustypunk high-tech dumpster-diver. Kurt is loosely based on my old friend Darren Atkinson, who pulled down a six-figure income by recovering, repairing and reselling high-tech waste from Toronto's industrial suburbs. Darren was the subject of the first feature I ever sold to Wired,...
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Apr 27, 2020 Cory Doctorow
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Here's part one of my new reading of my novel Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town , which debuted last weekend on the Podapalooza festival . It's easily the weirdest novel I ever wrote. Gene Wolfe (RIP) gave me an amazing quote for it: "Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town is a glorious book, but there are hundreds of those. It is more. It is a glorious book unlike any book you've ever read." Here's how my publisher described it when it came out: Alan is a middle-aged...
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Apr 25, 2020 Cory Doctorow
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As part of the Author's Guild #SupportAuthors campaign, here's my pics for three new books to enjoy while you're stuck indoors: * Tochi Onyebuchi's "Riot Baby" https://pluralistic.net/2020/04/23/riot-baby/#Tochi-Onyebuchi" An incandescent Afrofuturist science fiction novella that is so fleet-of-foot as it sprints from one character and time and setting to another that it's dizzying, whirling the reader through fierce bravery in the face of dystopia that uplifts and enrages...
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Apr 20, 2020 John Scalzi
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I am about to start a serialized podcast reading of my novel Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town , whose first hour I've already got in the can. It debuts later this week on the Podapalooza festival , a pay-what-you-like, virtual podcasting festival that benefits Givedirectly , which makes direct cash grants to families affected by coronavirus -- and I'll be putting it in my feed next Monday. In the meantime, I have been casting about for something to read into this week's podcast; this...
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Apr 13, 2020 Wil Wheaton and Cory Doctorow
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Wil Wheaton and I swapped podcasts! I read his 2008 journal entries about Little Brother and parenting , and he released a fantastic audiobook of my story Return to Pleasure Island from my first short story collection, A Place So Foreign and Eight More .
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Apr 13, 2020 Cory Doctorow
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This week for my podcast, I'm doing a swap with Wil Wheaton and his podcast! he's gonna read one of my short stories, and I'm reading a couple of his public journal entries about the role my novel Little Brother played in helping him parent his son Nolan. It's a lovely memory and a beautiful example of the joys and pitfalls of parenting, and I'm so honored to be reminded of the role that I played in Wil and Nolan's relationship. Thanks to Wil for suggesting this piece -- it's a bit of turnabout...
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Apr 5, 2020 Cory Doctorow
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My latest podcast is a reading of my 2017 Locus column " The Jubilee: Fill Your Boots ," about the nature of material scarcity, which is a subject of enormous significance at this moment as production has ground to a halt, and in which the use of the internet to coordinate our activity is at an all-time high. The essay's thesis is that the answer to the climate change crisis might coordination, not privation -- holidays when our renewable energy sources weren't producing, work when...
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Mar 30, 2020 Cory Doctorow
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My latest podcast is a reading of the author's note from " Attack Surface " -- the third Little Brother book, which comes out on Oct 12. I recorded this for the audiobook edition of Attack Suface, which I've been recording all last week with Amber Benson and the Cassandra de Cuir from Skyboat Media. If you like what you hear, please consider pre-ordering the book -- it's a scary time to have a book in the production pipeline!
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Mar 29, 2020 Cory Doctorow
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My latest podcast is a reading of the author's note from " Attack Surface " -- the third Little Brother book, which comes out on Oct 12. I recorded this for the audiobook edition of Attack Suface, which I've been recording all last week with Amber Benson and the Cassandra de Cuir from Skyboat Media. If you like what you hear, please consider pre-ordering the book -- it's a scary time to have a book in the production pipeline!
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Mirror of https://www.riseupdaily.com/88namespodcast/2020/03/28/episode-3/
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Mar 23, 2020 Cory Doctorow
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My latest podcast is a reading of " Data – the new oil, or potential for a toxic oil spill? " -- a column I wrote for Kaspersky in which I argue that data was never "the new oil" – instead, it was always the new toxic waste: "pluripotent, immortal – and impossible to contain." Data breaches are inevitable (any data you collect will probably leak; any data you retain will definitely leak) and cumulative (your company’s data breach can be combined with each...
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Mar 16, 2020 Cory Doctorow, Edgar Allan Poe and Mark Twain
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As a followup to my last podcast , which featured the Macmillan audiobook of my novella "The Masque of the Red Death", this week's podcast starts with a reading of Poe's original 1842 story, " The Masque of the Red Death . It's some next-level gothic stuff. As a chaser, I close this week's podcast with a reading of Twain's classic, gothic, comedic "Literary Nightmare," better known as "Punch, Brothers, Punch," easily the best story ever written about an...
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Mar 14, 2020 Cory Doctorow/Macmillan Audio/Stefan Rudnicki
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Edgar Allen Poe wrote " The Masque of the Red Death " in 1842. It's about a plutocrat who throws a masked ball in his walled abbey during a plague with the intention of cheating death. My novella " The Masque of the Red Death " is a tribute to Poe; it's from my book Radicalized. It's the story of a plute who brings his pals to his luxury bunker during civlizational collapse in the expectation of emerging once others have rebuilt. Naturally, they assume that when they do...
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Mar 13, 2020 Cory Doctorow
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In this special Covid-19 edition of my podcast, I revisit my end-of-the-world short story When Sysadmins Ruled the Earth , originally published in Baen's Universe in 2005. Hundreds of people have emailed and tweeted me about this story this week, so I thought it was long overdue that I revisited it (I last read it into my podcast in 2006). Sysadmins is a story about civic duty at the end of the world, about the network admins who decide to keep the internet running even as the apocalypse rages....
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Mar 11, 2020 Cory Doctorow
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For my latest podcast, I read my latest Locus op-ed, A Lever Without a Fulcrum Is Just a Stick , which analyzes why giving creators more copyright hasn't made them richer, and proposes other kinds of authors' rights that would translate into real money for real creators. The fact that the company can’t reproduce your book without your permission doesn’t mean much if the only way to get your book into the public’s hands is through that company, or one of a small handful of companies with...
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Mar 6, 2020 Cory Doctorow, CBC
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A raw recording of the Cory Doctorow-Sarah Penton conversation at the Kelowna Public Library for CBC's Canada Reads.
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Mar 1, 2020 Cory Doctorow
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For my latest podcast, I read my 2017 Wired op-ed, Disasters Don’t Have to End in Dystopias , a discussion of the themes in my novel Walkaway . The thesis is that our estimations of probability of danger are unduly influenced by our ability to vividly imagine that danger (this is called the "availability heuristic"), so stories about human barbarism during crises inspires people to expect -- and perform -- that barbarism. The answer is to tell stories that reflect the reality of...
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For my latest podcast, I read my latest EFF Deeplinks post, Gopher: When Adversarial Interoperability Burrowed Under the Gatekeepers' Fortresses . It's the latest installment in my case histories of "adversarial interoperability" -- once the main force that kept tech competitive. Today, I tell the story of Gopher, the web's immediate predecessor, which burrowed under the mainframe systems' guardians and created a menu-driven interface to campus resources, then the whole internet....
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Feb 10, 2020 Cory Doctorow
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For my latest podcast, I read my January 2018 Locus column, Persuasion, Adaptation, and the Arms Race for Your Attention . The essay proposes that we are be too worried about the seemingly unstoppable power of opinion-manipulators and their new social media superweapons. Not because these techniques don’t work (though when someone who wants to sell you persuasion tools tells you that they’re amazing and unstoppable, some skepticism is warranted), but because a large slice of any population...
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Feb 6, 2020 Cory Doctorow
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For my latest podcast, I read my Copyright Week post for EFF's Deeplinks blog, , In Serving Big Company Interests, Copyright Is in Crisis . The essay discusses how the "author's monopoly" of copyright is of less and less use in serving as leverage for dealing with publishers and other parts of the entertainment supply chain. That's because these little monopolies have been extracted from authors through the lopsided contracts they were supposed to prevent, increasing the leverage that...
Topics: cory doctorow, podcasts, copyright, copyfight, competition, monopolies, antitrust, dmca 1201, cfaa
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Jan 27, 2020 Cory Doctorow
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For my latest podcast, I read my Guardian Cities column , "The case for ... cities that aren't dystopian surveillance states," which was the last piece ever commissioned for the section. The Guardian commissioned the piece after reading my Toronto Life blurb about how a "smart city" could be focused on enabling its residents, rather than tracking and manipulating them. In the article, I revisit my 2015 Locus column on the idea of an Internet of Things that treats people...
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My 2019 book Radicalized has been named one of the five finalists for Canada Reads , the CBC's annual book prize -- Canada's leading national book award, alongside of the Governor General's award! My book was nominated by Akil Augustine , a beloved Canadian sportscaster and storyteller, and he'll be championing the book through the Canada Reads process between now and March, when the winner is announced! The festivities kick off tonight, Wednesday, January 22nd, when Akil, me, and the other...
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Jan 14, 2020 Cory Doctorow
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In my latest podcast, I read my latest Locus column, Inaction is a Form of Action, , where I I discuss how the US government's unwillingness to enforce its own anti-monopoly laws has resulted in the dominance of a handful of giant tech companies who get to decide what kind of speech is and isn't allowed -- that is, how the USG's complicity in the creation of monopolies allows for a kind of government censorship that somehow does not violate the First Amendment. We're often told that "it's...
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In my latest podcast, I read my Globe and Mail editorial, Science fiction and the unforeseeable future: In the 2020s, let’s imagine better things , where I reflect on what science fiction can tell us about the 2020s for the Globe 's end-of-the-decade package; I wrote about how science fiction can't predict the future, but might inspire it, and how the dystopian malaise of science fiction can be turned into a inspiring tale of "adversity met and overcome – hard work and commitment...
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Dec 18, 2019 Cory Doctorow
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In my latest podcast ( MP3 ), I conclude my serial reading of my novella Party Discipline , which I wrote while on a 35-city, 45-day tour for my novel Walkaway in 2017; Party Discipline is a story set in the world of Walkaway, about two high-school seniors who conspire to throw a "Communist Party" at a sheet metal factory whose owners are shutting down and stealing their workers' final paychecks. These parties are both literally parties -- music, dancing, intoxicants -- and...
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Dec 17, 2019 Cory Doctorow and Poesy Taylor Doctorow
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It's Christmastime, and so it's time for my annual Daddy-Daughter podcast with Poesy, now almost 12. Poe nixed any kind of singalong, so I interview her about her favorite things of 2019 (and even coax her into a tiny sing-song).
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Dec 16, 2019 Cory Doctorow
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In my latest podcast, I continue my serial reading of my novella Party Discipline , which I wrote while on a 35-city, 45-day tour for my novel Walkaway in 2017; Party Discipline is a story set in the world of Walkaway, about two high-school seniors who conspire to throw a "Communist Party" at a sheet metal factory whose owners are shutting down and stealing their workers' final paychecks. These parties are both literally parties -- music, dancing, intoxicants -- and...
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Dec 4, 2019 Cory Doctorow
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In my latest podcast, I continue my serial reading of my novella Party Discipline , which I wrote while on a 35-city, 45-day tour for my novel Walkaway in 2017; Party Discipline is a story set in the world of Walkaway, about two high-school seniors who conspire to throw a "Communist Party" at a sheet metal factory whose owners are shutting down and stealing their workers' final paychecks. These parties are both literally parties -- music, dancing, intoxicants -- and...
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Dec 2, 2019 Cory Doctorow
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In my latest podcast, I've started a serial reading of my novella Party Discipline , which I wrote while on a 35-city, 45-day tour for my novel Walkaway in 2017; Party Discipline is a story set in the world of Walkaway, about two high-school seniors who conspire to throw a "Communist Party" at a sheet metal factory whose owners are shutting down and stealing their workers' final paychecks. These parties are both literally parties -- music, dancing, intoxicants -- and...
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Nov 26, 2019 Cory Doctorow
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In my latest podcast, I read my May, 2018 Locus column, " The Engagement-Maximization Presidency, " where I propose a theory to explain the political phenomenon of Donald Trump: we live in a world in which communications platforms amplify anything that gets “engagement” and provides feedback on just how much your message has been amplified so you can tune and re-tune for maximum amplification. Peter Watts’s 2002 novel Maelstrom illustrates a beautiful, terrifying example of...
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Nov 18, 2019 Cory Doctorow
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In my latest podcast, I read my new Locus column, " Jeannette Ng Was Right: John W. Campbell Was a Fascist, "which revisits Jeannette Ng's Campbell Awards speech from this summer's World Science Fiction convention. As far as I know, I'm the only person to have won both awards named for Campbell, which, I think, gives me license to speak on the subject. I think that Ng was absolutely right about Campbell and his legacy, and I think that understanding that the good that people do...
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In my latest podcast, I read my short story " Affordances ," which was commissioned for Slate/ASU's Future Tense Fiction. it's a tale exploring my theory of "the shitty technology adoption curve," in which terrible technological ideas are first imposed on poor and powerless people, and then refined and normalized until they are spread over all the rest of us. The story makes the point by exploring all the people in a facial recognition ecosystem, from low-waged climate...
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In my latest podcast, I read my short story "Materiality," which was commissioned for Gross Ideas: Tales of Tomorrow's Architecture , a book edited by Edwina Attlee, Phineas Harper and Maria Smith that is part of the Oslo Architecture Triennale. The editors pitched me on writing a story about sustainability and de-financialization in architecture, and I asked them if they'd be OK with someone who is both an environmentalist and pro-abundance -- in the mode of Leigh Phillips's...
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Oct 14, 2019 Cory Doctorow
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In my latest podcast, I read my Green European Journal short story about the terrible European Copyright Directive which passed last March, False Flag . Published in December 2018, the story highlights the ways in which this badly considered law creates unlimited opportunities for abuse, especially censorship by corporations who've been embarassed by whistleblowers and activists. The crew couldn’t even supply their videos to friendly journalists to rebut the claims from the big corporate...
Topics: cory doctorow, podcasts, article 13, article 17, eucd, copyfight, eu, censorship, article 11
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Oct 8, 2019 Cory Doctorow
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In my latest podcast,, I read my Globe and Mail column, Why do people believe the Earth is flat? , which connects the rise of conspiratorial thinking to the rise in actual conspiracies, in which increasingly concentrated industries are able to come up with collective lobbying positions that result in everything from crashing 737s to toxic baby-bottle liners to the opioid epidemic. From climate denial to anti-vax to a resurgent eugenics movement, we are in a golden age of terrible conspiratorial...
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Oct 6, 2019 Pink Frankenstein
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Sep 10, 2019 Cory Doctorow
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In my latest podcast, I read my new Locus column, DRM Broke Its Promise , which recalls the days when digital rights management was pitched to us as a way to enable exciting new markets where we'd all save big by only buying the rights we needed (like the low-cost right to read a book for an hour-long plane ride), but instead (unsurprisingly) everything got more expensive and less capable. The established religion of markets once told us that we must abandon the idea of owning things, that this...
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Aug 20, 2019 Cory Doctorow
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Here's a recording of my essay Barlow's Legacy from THE PAST AND FUTURE OF THE INTERNET: Symposium for John Perry Barlow : “ Who controls the past controls the future ; w ho controls the present controls the past. ” 1 And now we are come to the great techlash , long overdue and desperately needed. With the techlash comes the political contest to assemble the narrative of What Just Happened and How We Got Here, because “ Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present...
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In my latest podcast, I read my essay "A Cycle of Renewal, Broken: How Big Tech and Big Media Abuse Copyright Law to Slay Competition" , published today on EFF's Deeplinks; it's the latest in my ongoing series of case-studies of "adversarial interoperability," where new services unseated the dominant companies by finding ways to plug into existing products against those products' manufacturers. This week's installment recounts the history of cable TV, and explains how the...
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Aug 13, 2019 Cory Doctorow
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In my latest podcast, I read my essay "Interoperability and Privacy: Squaring the Circle , published today on EFF's Deeplinks; it's another in the series of "adversarial interoperability" explainers, this one focused on how privacy and adversarial interoperability relate to each other. Even if we do manage to impose interoperability on Facebook in ways that allow for meaningful competition, in the absence of robust anti-monopoly rules, the ecosystem that grows up around that new...
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In my latest podcast, I read my essay "IBM PC Compatible": how adversarial interoperability saved PCs from monopolization , published today on EFF's Deeplinks; it's another installment in my series about "adversarial interoperability," and the role it has historically played in keeping tech open and competitive. This time, I relate the origin story of the "PC compatible" computer, with help from Tom Jennings (inventor of FidoNet!) who played a key role in the...
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Jul 29, 2019 Cory Doctorow
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In my latest podcast, I read my essay Adblocking: How About Nah? , published last week on EFF's Deeplinks; it's the latest installment in my series about "adversarial interoperability," and the role it has historically played in keeping tech open and competitive, and how that role is changing now that yesterday's scrappy startups have become today's bloated incumbents, determined to prevent anyone from disrupting them they way they disrupted tech in their early days. At the height of...
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Jul 22, 2019 Cory Doctorow
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In my latest podcast, I read my essay SAMBA versus SMB: Adversarial Interoperability is Judo for Network Effects , published last week on EFF's Deeplinks; it's a furhter exploration of the idea of "adversarial interoperability" and the role it has played in fighting monopolies and preserving competition, and how we could use it to restore competition today. In tech, "network effects" can be a powerful force to maintain market dominance: if everyone is using Facebook, then...
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Jul 16, 2019 Cory Doctorow
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In my latest podcast, I read my essay Occupy Gotham , published in Detective Comics: 80 Years of Batman , commemorating the 1000th issue of Batman comics. It's an essay about the serious hard problem of trusting billionaires to solve your problems, given the likelihood that billionaires are the cause of your problems. A thousand issues have gone by, nearly 80 years have passed, and Batman still hasn't cleaned up Gotham. If the formal definition of insanity it trying the same thing and expecting...
Topics: cory doctorow, comics, batman, podcast, inequality, spoken word, piketty, occupy gotham